MAKE A CORD ROSARY USING TUBE SPACERS
A Cord Rosary using plastic tube spacers rather than separator barrel knots
is the least expensive, and easiest rosary to make.
It involves the least number of parts, beads, spacers, cord and Crucifix.
You may add a Center piece if you wish, to this style of rosary.
You should already be accomplished in the technique of tying
basic barrel knots to complete this rosary.
The spacers tend to unravel the cord ends even more
than when stringing the beads.
PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL OF THE STEPS BEFORE
BEGINNING WORK ON YOUR FIRST ROSARY
To make a Spacer Tube Cord Rosary with a Center piece:
Cut a length of cord 54 inches long.
Follow the steps indicated on previous instructions to
attach a Center piece to a Cord Rosary.
And then return to this page.
To make a Spacer Tube Cord Rosary with a Knotted Center:
Begin by cutting a length of cord 47 inches long.
Tie a barrel knot approximately 8 inches in from the end of the cord.
String 10 beads as usual.
The spacer tubes are tiny cylinders of nylon.
You may find some have become flattened during storage.
Discard these, or you may try to open them up again
by pressing firmly on the tube until they become round again.
Tube spacers can be purchased in bulk HERE.
After the first 10 beads, add a spacer, Pater bead, and another spacer.
Continue on building all 5 decades, separated by spacers and Paters
Tie a barrel knot about 1/2" from the last bead.
This allows some" give" to the rosary so it can be folded
to carry in purse or pocket.
Tie a double barrel knot to form a "Knotted Center."
Clip off excess of the shortest cord, leaving about 1/4" nub.
Add a Pater, spacer, 3 Aves, a spacer, and a Pater to the long remaining cord.
Tie on a Crucifix with the usual double barrel knot indicated in
the previous Cord Rosary Instructions .
Trim excess from remaining cord leaving about a 1/4" nub from the knot.
Use a flame to melt the nub or coat with clear enamel.
Thank you for becoming a Rosary Maker
in the service of Our Lady!
May Our Lord richly reward your dedication!
Lewis & Co offers a lovely rosary kit which uses longer metal tubes for the separators.